Tuesday, 19 April 2011
In light of the recent controversy in Britain about the right of hotel owners to reject bookings from certain guests, specifically a gay couple, a recent court decision in Germany is of some interest.

A hotel in Brandenburg had refused to accept a booking from Udo Voigt, the leader of the German far-right party, the NPD. Voigt and his wife had been intending to take a brief holiday. When their booking was refused, he decided to sue the hotel. Unsuccessfully.

The court decided that political convictions were sufficient grounds for a hotel to refuse a booking from a guest. It would be interesting to know whether this reasoning also applies to Muslims, since Islam is clearly a political ideology as well as a religion.

Voigt intends to appeal the decision.


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